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What to expect when you're expecting a total solar eclipse, part 2

NOTE: As of April 5, the forecast for Monday afternoon is mostly sunny with a high near 71 degrees.

By Paula Pyzik Scott

The Icon has sifted through local and national resources to provide you with the following tips on what to expect when you’re in the “path of totality” of the total solar eclipse in the communities of Ada and Bluffton on Monday, April 8, 2024.

The longest-lasting potential impact of the eclipse is eye damage. Looking directly at the sun can result in serious and permanent eye injury. The retina does not have pain receptors, so damage can be done without immediate symptoms.

Special eclipse glasses are being offered by many local businesses and organizations. Look for ISO-approved solar-eclipse glasses that include labels with the name of the manufacturer, instructions for safe use and warnings of the dangers of improper use. 

Even your camera needs a solar filter on the lens. Photographing the eclipse can damage camera sensors, including cell phone cameras.


You Can't Beat the House! is spring AHS drama production

The Ada Drama Club has been working very hard in preparation for this year’s high school play, You Can’t Beat the House!

The cast will bring this hilarious story to the stage on April 5-7, 2024. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 p.m., and the Sunday show is at 3:00 p.m.

2nd Annual USV Spring Craft & Vendor Show on March 30

The 2nd Annual USV Performing Arts Boosters Spring Craft & Vendor Show is Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Upper Scioto Valley High School in McGuffey, Ohio.

March 27 Community Meal at St. Mark Lutheran

St. Mark Lutheran--located at the corner of Johnson and Lincoln Streets in Ada--will again be serving it's free community meal on Wednesday, March 27, from 5 to 6:30 (or until they run out). 

International Women’s Flag Football tournament at Ohio Northern University May 4-5

Interested in playing? An informational session is Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 in Hill Memorial 102.

By Russ Crawford

Last semester, students in the Women’s Sport History class convinced Diane Beruldsen, president of the International Women’s Flag Football Association to hold a women’s flag football tournament at ONU. We consulted with ONU Athletic Director Tom Simmons and Andy Wentling, Plant Manager for the Wilson Football factory. Both agreed to help sponsor the tournament.

RSVP for April 13 Hardin County Horse Banquet 

Reservations due by April 5, scholarship/royalty applications by March 29

HARDIN COUNTY__The ninth annual Hardin County Horse Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 13 at  the Kenton Moose Family Center. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a silent auction to raise funds for  the scholarship and food will be served at 6:00 p.m.